Everyone has one. A plain, basic, full-length mirror that’s doing nothing for your home decor game. It’s time to step it up buttercup, and give this mirror a makeover. In this DIY post, I’ll show you how to build a rustic wooden mirror frame.
*** Tip: Make sure that when you purchase your boards that they are all the exact same width. Even though all three were labeled the same size, one was slightly smaller which made it more difficult later on for us. Also, be sure that all the boards lay flat to the ground and they aren’t warped at all.
1. The mirror I started with featured a thick, plastic frame. First, I removed the paper backing and then started to pull away the supporting pieces that were held in with staples. Once that was completed, I used the flip side of the hammer to hook on to the frame and carefully pull the frame off of the mirror. You must go super slow and be patient! If you break the mirror during this step, there’s no going back! It might also be a good idea to wear protective eye wear during this step. The pieces can pop and fly off.
Have you been on a desperate search to find the perfect industrial shelving unit to fit your space? I’ve got you… search no longer! With this quick and easy tutorial, you can build the perfect DIY pipe shelves.
It takes a little time, patience, some elbow grease and the supplies below…
- Power drill
- Stud finder
- Two (per shelf) 3/4 in. diameter black iron floor flange fitting
- Two (per shelf) 3/4 in. diameter black iron cap fitting
- Two (per shelf) 3/4 in. 10 in. black pipe nipple
- Wooden Plank (one per shelf)
- #6 Drywall Screws, 2 in. in black
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
About a month ago, my bestie, Morgan, moved into an apartment in Chicago. She wanted her new space to feel cozy and comfortable without having to spend a lot of money. She’s currently in grad school so keeping it cheap was a must! She expressed the need for a get-ready station in her bedroom since she shares one small bathroom with her roommate. We looked all over for a simple vanity that would fit the space. The ones we found were either too expensive or just not quite right. So instead, we decided to refinish some old furniture pieces that she already had using chalk paint.
We spruced up the small table by using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear over the top. For the technique we used, just check out this past blog post… Transforming a Garage Sale Find with Chalk Paint.
For the mirror, here’s what we did…
- Start off with an old mirror you’re looking to transform. We used this old gaudy gold mirror pictured below or a wooden frame could work as well.
2. Brush the edges of the mirror off with a dust rag to insure you’re starting with a clean surface.
3. Use the painter’s tape to create a rectangle around the outer edge where the mirror meets the frame. Be sure to take your time and get as close to the edge of the frame as possible. This will insure a clean edge between the painted frame and the mirrored surface. You will be taping right on the mirror’s surface.
I absolutely love long weekends. I just feel like you can be so much more productive while still leaving time for some fun and relaxation. This 4th of July weekend was no exception. Between concerts and pool parties, I still had the opportunity to take a trip to the Kane County Flea Market.
I brought along my bestie who was a flea market virgin. It’s safe to say she thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and we’ll definitely be heading back again soon. While at the flea market, we picked up some reclaimed barnwood from a local vendor for a big time DIY project. Her and I have been talking about taking on building a headboard for some time now. Originally we thought we wanted to use pallet wood, but when we saw the beautiful, gray-weathered barnwood, we knew that it would be just perfect.
Now, I must say, the thought of creating a headboard can be fairly intimidating just based on the sheer size of the project alone. But honestly, the form and design is fairly straightforward so this can be a very simple DIY as long as you have access to all the tools you need. So if you’re looking to give your bedroom a rustic refresh, this is for you!
- Salvaged barn wood
- 160 grit sand paper discs
- Wood Screws (we used 1.5 in., but this will depend on the thickness of your wood)
- (2) 1 in. x 6 in. x 6 ft. Common Board
- Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish – clear satin
- (4) 2″ bolts with 5/8 hex nut (optional)
- Power drill
- Orbital sander
- Circular saw
- Protective eyewear and mask
- First, you’ll want to determine the desired width of your headboard. I’ve listed the standard widths for each bed size here:
Twin 39 inches
Twin XL 39 inches
Full 54 inches
Full XL 54 inches
Queen 60 inches
King 76 inches
California King 72 inches
For my queen headboard, I decided to go with 62 inches wide leaving just an inch on each side. Luckily for me, the barnwood I got measured perfectly. If it’s too long, you’ll need to measure, mark and saw to your desired size.
Last weekend I attended my first Flea Market of the season. Even though it was a bit chilly, it was well worth the trip. This was the first time I attended the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles, Illinois, and I highly recommend it. It’s laid out really well, and there’s a large variety of vendors. Definitely something for everyone! If you’re local, check it out.
If you’re looking to incorporate some farmhouse flair into your home, a flea market is a great place to start especially when you’re on a tight budget.
Here’s a few pieces that are fairly simple to find at any flea market at a fair price…
1. Chippy Spindles
Chippy spindles have been popping up all over lately. I love how you can incorporate them into almost anything. Throw them in a dough bowl, hang them in a gallery wall or just style them on a shelf. The opportunities are endless. I snagged these beauties for just $14 for the pair.
2. Wooden Crates
Wooden crates are always plentiful at any flea market. Just be sure you’re not overpaying for them. For me, I feel like $10 is fair for an old crate in decent shape. These rustic beauties are good for adding height when styling shelves and tables. You can also use them to hold pillows and blankets or just for storage in general.
3. Old Mason Jars
Another flea market find that is always in abundance! I think old Mason jars are just beautiful. I use them to hold cotton balls, cotton pads and Q-tips in my bathrooms, but you can do so much more. They would be super cute in a craft room or an office as well. Whenever you have small items that can be stored together on display, they are stunning. Make sure that when you’re buying these, that they’re in good shape. No cracks or chips. Also, check to make sure the lid is old and original. If it’s too pristine, it’s likely too good to be true. On the underside there will be a glass if it’s truly old.
My mother-in-law is the queen of garage sales. She’s a woman of many talents, but her garage sale skills are top notch. She once bought a high top wooden kitchen table with four chairs for $5. After four years, we still have it in our house. That’s skill!
One of my favorite finds that she brought home last summer was a coffee table/end table set that she got for $30. The set is great quality, super sturdy and heavy with black iron piping on the bottom shelf.
When transforming a piece of furniture, I think it’s so important to start with a quality piece in order to transform it into a quality piece.
Fixing this baby up was super simple… if you’re willing to dedicate the time, anyone can do it. Here we go:
- Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – pure white
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – old white
- Annie Sloan Soft Wax – clear
- Various sizes of paint brushes
- Clean rag or shop towel